People are not always aware of the constant physical conversations taking place… but the body never lies…

BODY LANGUAGE aims to explore how we move through our emotions, how our environment shapes our movement and how our bodies react to issues raised daily through our intake of news, comments, online lives. This new, immersive work will develop over the next two years and began with public showings of BODY LANGUAGE 101 in November 2014.

BODY LANGUAGE 101 also marks the start of an exciting new two year collaboration between CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Science Gallery Dublin and Shimmer to investigate and further understand non verbal communication.  It has a special focus on audience experience and how to measure this in a meaningful way.

Choreography, Design and Video Sequences David Bolger
Dancers  Justine Cooper, Jonathan Mitchell, Emma O’Kane
Sound  Ivan Birthistle, Vincent Doherty
Intern  Fiona Patten
Photography  Luca Truffarelli

Special Thanks to Stephanie Ryan, Fiona Patten, Patrick Sutton & Smock Alley Theatre, Rua Red Gallery, the LAB and St Patrick’s College

Past Performances

18 November 2014 | St Patrick’s College | Drumcondra, Ireland
19 November 2014 | South Dublin Arts Centre | Tallaght, Ireland
20 November 2014 | The Lab | Dublin, Ireland
21 November 2014 | Smock Alley Theatre | Dublin, Ireland
25 November 2014 | St. Patrick’s College | Drumcondra, Ireland**

**part of CoisCéim’s Residency at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.

BODY LANGUAGE 101 is a work in progress and will culminate in 2016.  For a behind-the-scenes look at the process follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Justine Cooper Head ShotJustine Cooper
Originally from New Zealand, Justine worked with Australian Dance Theatre between 1998–2000 under the direction of Meryl Tankard. Returning to New Zealand in 2001, she co-founded Strident Dance Theatre, performing and co-creating five full-length pieces. She has been a freelance teacher of ballet, contemporary dance and yoga for many years whilst also working on various film and television projects. Most recently working with Emma Martin Dance (Tundra, Dogs and Listowel Syndrome), CoisCéim Dance Theatre (Agnes and Dance Talking: Portraits of a Dancer), Louise White (Way Back home), junk ensemble (Dusk Ahead, Bird with Boy), Liz Roche Company (Body and Forgetting, Fast Portraits, These Two People and Secondary Sources), Liv O’Donoghue (Prompted Breathless and The Way We Met),and was a founding member of electro DIY sound theatre band You can call me Frances.


J.Mitchell feb 2013

Jonathan Mitchell
Jonathan was born in England and moved to Dublin in 1999. He trained at the Rambert School, London, graduating in 1992. Work with CoisCéim includes Agnes,Pageant, Mermaids, The Rite of Spring and When Once is Never Enough. He has worked with leading companies in the UK including: Adventures in Motion Pictures, Mathew Hawkins, Imlata and Dundee Rep Dance Company and Irish companies IMDT and Liz Roche Company. In December 2012 Jonathan made his debut on the Abbey Stage in Frank McGuinness’ adaptation of James Joyce’s The Dead. Since 2008 Jonathan has also been a dance photographer, with a particular focus on location photography, and has photographed some of the premier dance artists in the country including IMDT, Liz Roche Company, Fearghus Ó Conchuir and Emma Martin. In 2009 he was commissioned by Dance Ireland to create a photographic exhibition still, life which now forms part of the permanent collection. In 2012, Jonathan received an Arts Council Dance Bursary Award to explore the integration of still images into the choreographic process.


Emma O'KaneEmma O’Kane

Emma trained at the Perm State Choreographic School, Russia. She has been a member of CoisCéim Dance Theatre since 2001 and won Dance Europe Award for Outstanding Dancer Of The Year 2010 for her role in Faun. Recent credits include The Dead (Abbey Theatre) Farm (WillFredd Theatre), Codes (MIDASpaces), and Trash (Project Arts Centre). Emma has also been a company member of the The Nizhny Novgorod State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Russia.  Her recent choreographic work includes Farm, (WillFredd), Laundry (Anu Productions), Four Told, (Project Arts Centre), Signature and Solo Collectives (CoisCéim Broadreach).  Assistant Director credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera Ireland) and Macbecks (Long Road Productions). Emma also co-created and performed The Ballet Ruse with Muirne Bloomer, ABSOLUT Fringe 2010 nomination for Best Production, and was part of the Culture Ireland Showcase in Edinburgh 2011, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 Total Theatre Award shortlist. Emma is a member of Dance Ireland and Project Arts Centre.



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